Excuse me, Your Bias is Showing – Episode 10

Excuse Me, Your Bias is Showing – Episode 10

We all have biases lurking in our unconscious mind. These are our implicit biases, and they affect how we relate to patients and, in turn, how they relate to us. But if these biases are unconscious, how do we identify them? And is it possible to change them? We share our own experiences with implicit bias, and we hear Dr. Rupa Marya’s story that went viral on social media. Then we dive a little deeper with researcher and pediatric emergency medicine physician, Dr. Tiffani Johnson.

Want to check your own biases? Take an implicit association test (IAT) through Project Implicit. Let us know what you found and let’s continue the discussion on social media, @empulsepodcast. If you’d like to keep your results more private, send us a comment on our website, ucdavisem.com.


Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Julia Magaña, Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Tiffani Johnson, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician and Faculty at the Policy Lab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) 

Special thanks to Dr. Rupa Marya and Bonnie Castillo for allowing us to use the audio from this video that was featured on NowThis Politics


The Impact of Cognitive Stressors in the Emergency Department on Physician Implicit Racial Bias.

Johnson TJ, Hickey RW, Switzer GE, Miller E, Winger DG, Nguyen M, Saladino RA, Hausmann LR. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 Mar;23(3):297-305. doi: 10.1111/acem.12901. Epub 2016 Feb 22. PMID: 26763939

Comparison of Physician Implicit Racial Bias Toward Adults Versus Children.

Johnson TJ, Winger DG, Hickey RW, Switzer GE, Miller E, Nguyen MB, Saladino RA, Hausmann LR. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Mar;17(2):120-126. doi: 10.1016/j.acap.2016.08.010. Epub 2016 Sep 13. PMID: 27620844

Project Implicit – take an IAT!


Join us in Maui for Emergency Medicine Hot Topics! 

November 6-10, 2018. Registration is now open!

Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Audio Productions for audio production services.

Dr. Tiffany Johnson (center)


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